In the Heat of the Night (film)
In the Heat of the Night is an American Academy Award winning 1967 film starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, based on the John Ball novel published in 1965, which tells the story of a Northern Black police detective who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi.
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- They call me Mr. Tibbs!
- Note: ranked #16 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.
- I try to run a nice, clean, safe town here. A town where a man can sneeze and not get his brains beat out. You follow me?
- I got the motive which is money, and the body which is dead.
- Gillespie: Got a name, boy?
- Virgil Tibbs: Virgil Tibbs.
- Gillespie: [Laughing] I don't think we're going to have any trouble, are we, Virgil?
- Virgil Tibbs: No trouble at all.
- Gillespie: What's a Northern boy like you doing all the way down here?
- Virgil Tibbs: I was waiting for the train.
- Gillespie: There aint no trains this time in the morning.
- Virgil Tibbs: Tuesdays only 4:05 to Memphis.
- Gillespie: You say. [train horn blowing] Well, alright. You say right.
- Gillespie: Colored can't earn that kind of money [a few hundred dollars], boy. Hell, that's more than I earn in a month. Now where did you earn it?
- Virgil Tibbs: Philadelphia.
- Gillespie: Mississippi?
- Virgil Tibbs: Pennsylvania.
- Gillespie: Just what do you do up there to earn that kind of money?
- Virgil Tibbs: I'm a police officer.
- Gillespie: Boy, it would give me a world of satisfaction to horse whip you, Virgil.
- Virgil Tibbs: [laughing] My father used to say that. He even did a couple of times.